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Submission David Bowie - 'Let's Dance'

Discussion in 'Tablature and Notation [BG]' started by TKenrick, Mar 10, 2019.


  1. TKenrick

    TKenrick

    Jun 13, 2008
    London, UK
    One of my favourite Bowie tunes, with a great synth bass hook and an unusual lineup of musicians...

    I've been told by the TB Gods that I'm no longer allowed to link to my transcription website, but if you'd like to examine 180+ other transcriptions the link is in my sig.
     

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  2. Oddly

    Oddly

    Jan 17, 2014
    Dublin, Ireland.
    Excellent work once again, thanks for sharing it.
     
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  3. Whousedtoplay

    Whousedtoplay

    May 18, 2013
    TEXAS
    Don't you worry, the inquisitive minds of TB members will find their ways to your web-site. :thumbsup:

    I hear the same Gb note in the following measures. Those notes are played with some sliding-in from below.

    Gb.PNG

    slide.PNG

    Another spot.

    Anatural.PNG

    Anatural2.PNG

    I think we are listening to two different recordings of the song.
    37m.PNG


    Here is my original.

     
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  4. ChrisDev

    ChrisDev Commercial User

    Aug 18, 2009
    Belgium
    Ritter Instruments Team & Owner BassLessons.be
    Correct, I also have Gb in my transcription.

    Thanks for sharing all the transcriptions Tom!!
     
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  5. Whousedtoplay

    Whousedtoplay

    May 18, 2013
    TEXAS
    I've checked your transcription, Chris. It's very accurate.
    One question.
    Here is how I hear that one spot.
    exc.PNG
     
  6. TKenrick

    TKenrick

    Jun 13, 2008
    London, UK
    @Whousedtoplay @ChrisDev after some closer listenting and some digging around it sounds like the first bar of Gb has the approach from the F, but the second bar is all Gb.
     

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  7. Whousedtoplay

    Whousedtoplay

    May 18, 2013
    TEXAS
    Tom,

    I truly respect your excellent work. Thank you.

    The first (and all other Gb notes) in Measure 9 Gb note is played by sliding up from Fnatural.
    The third slide from F natural to Gb is Less pronounced.

    Maybe, that slide is an effect of the synth bass.
     
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  8. LeeNunn

    LeeNunn Supporting Member

    Oct 9, 2012
    Charlottesville, VA
    Thank you, all three of you. It's fun to see three of my favorite contributors on the same thread.
     
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  9. TKenrick

    TKenrick

    Jun 13, 2008
    London, UK
    Six ears, it seems, are much better than two!
     
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  10. JimK

    JimK

    Dec 12, 1999
    Lee...and you make it four.

    Thanks, guys...good stuff!
     
  11. Whousedtoplay

    Whousedtoplay

    May 18, 2013
    TEXAS
    Three best contributors:
    Chris, Lee, and Tom!
     
  12. Ironbar

    Ironbar Inactive

    Aug 24, 2013
    Tigard, Oregon
    Constantine Isslamow did it quite a while back- his has tabs too.

     
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  14. Ironbar

    Ironbar Inactive

    Aug 24, 2013
    Tigard, Oregon
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  15. Seanmo

    Seanmo

    Jul 26, 2015
    The original isolated bass recording for any interested transcriptionist:
     

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  16. Whousedtoplay

    Whousedtoplay

    May 18, 2013
    TEXAS
    Very interesting and informative.
    Thank you.
    What a great job the studio engineers, mixing managers did to clean that bass line.
     
  17. Whousedtoplay

    Whousedtoplay

    May 18, 2013
    TEXAS
    Transcribing from the "normal" (with the band) track could produce different notes.

    Here are two spots of the same - around 0:58 - one from the Isolated Bass track, the other one is from a regular, normal recording.
    I hear slightly different (rhythmically) bass notes.

    Here is the "normal" (with other instruments) bass line (at a very slow tempo and one octave higher).
    ( Bass, in my ears, don't start right on the beat, like after a 16th rest.)
    https://www.talkbass.com/attachment...0/?temp_hash=6bbe4f4423d016fa944253c119a23d4c

    The following is the same "version" with other instruments of the same but faster.
    Please note, the bass starts after the snare drum hit (on the beat).
    https://www.talkbass.com/attachment...0/?temp_hash=b3d5708f837716b717873b04e382cbc0

    Here is an isolated bass line from the same spot.

    It's easy to hear all four clearly announced notes.

    https://www.talkbass.com/attachment...9/?temp_hash=6bbe4f4423d016fa944253c119a23d4c
     

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  18. TKenrick

    TKenrick

    Jun 13, 2008
    London, UK
    This is pretty much the story of my life :roflmao:

    Attached is a heavily corrected version of my original transcription - I love hearing isolated tracks, as it's like getting the answer sheet on a test; sadly it seems there are no approach notes on the Gb chord whatsoever!
     

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  19. Whousedtoplay

    Whousedtoplay

    May 18, 2013
    TEXAS
    I hear at least two separately recorded bass lines on that track.
    In addition, there is a guitar line.
    Listen to this soundclip. The guitar line is slightly different from the bass one.
    R- isolated bass, Left - the whole band.
    https://www.talkbass.com/attachment...9/?temp_hash=159d4879368f59dc0f2ba6da3161a542


    Also, we at TB have questioned the "validity" of those real isolated bass lines.
    Are they real?
    Maybe, there are different takes of the same?
     

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  20. Whousedtoplay

    Whousedtoplay

    May 18, 2013
    TEXAS
    I've just googled and found another youtube video with the isolated bass Left, the band Right.


    And (or but...)

    The above referenced ( in #17 post) spot 0:58 sounds differently in that "newly-discovered by me" isolated bass line.
    (Around 0:06 from the clip)

    https://www.talkbass.com/attachment...1/?temp_hash=f3c9d0c19055188c5293cb71ea6b88e3


    I truly believe that two, separately recorded bass guitar tracks with some guitar, some synth, mess up our hearing.

    Here is that bass fill but slightly faster.
    It's TWO bass tracks.
    https://www.talkbass.com/attachment...9/?temp_hash=dbb916d34566fa3ebfdb0c491044609b
     
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